Becoming a pupil
We are committed to providing diverse and well-rounded training to pupils. The first six months of pupillage is divided into three 2-month periods spent with different pupil supervisors across civil, family and criminal specialisms. In the second six months, pupils will be on their feet and can expect to be in court several times each week. In addition, pupils are expected to carry out written work for other members of chambers and attend court with them. We expect our pupils to work hard during their year, but to have time to enjoy other pursuits too.
A pupil’s performance is assessed throughout the year by way of regular advocacy assessments and written exercises. Feedback is sought by the pupillage committee from all members of chambers and the clerks in advance of any decision on tenancy at the conclusion of pupillage. We are committed to recruiting new tenants from our pupils whenever possible and offer pupillage with this objective in mind.
Applications for pupillage to commence in September 2022 closed on 8 February 2021 and are currently being considered. In light of the current global health crisis, interviews will be conducted as soon as it is possible to do so in a safe and fair manner in line with advice from the government, the Bar Council, and the Bar Standards Board.
3rd six pupillage
We are currently inviting applications for a third six pupillage to commence as soon as possible with a duration of six months. Our third six pupil can expect to have a busy court practice in Chambers’ core areas of crime, civil and family. Applications for tenancy will be considered on the conclusion of the third six pupillage.
Applications should be submitted to the Pupillage Committee by 1 July 2021 via e-mail at email@example.com and should comprise your CV and cover letter together with a completed Equality and Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire.
Equality and diversity
We are committed to recruiting the best candidates and to promoting equality and diversity. To help us monitor our recruitment procedures we ask all applicants to complete an Equality and Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire when making any application to Fenners Chambers. The information provided will be treated as confidential.
Fenners Chambers’ Equality and Diversity Policy is available here.
If you would like any more information about any aspect of pupillage or mini-pupillage, please feel free to contact the Pupillage Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.